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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Too much to say!

So, Curly K just had a fantastic first date.............good company, attractive guy, chemistry...............but......................and there is a but;................. shouldn't be.................but there is.

Some women (especially me!) are never happy I swear!!!!!!!!!


"Mental note to self (again!) do not post at stupid o'clock in the morning after a barrel full of wine!!!

There is no real but at this stage except maybe how the fuck do I do a Kim & Aggie on my house single-handedly in the next week or so :)!!!!

The but last night was probably caused by being told just before the date that an ex of mine that I really did like a lot apparently isn't over me and still likes me - duh to me - he broke it off a long time ago, has certainly made noises to the effect that he still likes me since we broke up but only when I was last seeing someone else. He's known for a long time now that I am single again and done nothing about it so he can go and jump as far as I am concerned.

And to be truthful last night was really a lovely night; great company and conversation, good looking single bloke no baggage and some chemistry to boot :)!

Now anyone got a phone number for Kim & Aggie! So much to do, so little time :)!!!"

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Out of the mouths of babes!

Some of the quotes thrown at me this weekend:

  • "are you feeling any better, will a hug make you feel better?" (woke up on Good Friday with Tonsilitis from hell!)
  • "the very best part about my party is having my Auntie Curly K come with us - it just wouldn't be any good or a proper birthday party without Auntie Curly K" (5 year old nieces are generally the most adorable people in the world)
  • "don't look at me, don't talk to me, I don't like you anymore" (3 year old nieces can be fickle sometimes and barren spinster aunts can just ruin your day by saying hello!)
  • "I'm not coming to your house tomorrow, I don't want to, I don't want to make buns and I want to go home" (5 year old nieces are not always the most adorable people in the world)
  • "I'm sorry about last night, I was really tired and I didn't mean it but I can't wait to come to your house to make buns" (5 year old nieces are generally the most adorable people in the world)
  • "your kitchen is very messy" (actually it was relatively tidy by Curly K standards. It was at that point it was decided that my nieces were not getting into my bedroom!!! Also according to this quiz I'm Lynette in Desparate Houswives, whilst their mother is Bree - I don't actually watch the show so I don't know what being Lynette entails but know even I know Bree is a slight clean freak!! )
  • "there are no toys in your house, there is nothing fun there, the only fun thing was the box that spins around" (a Rubics cube was apparently the only saving grace in the boring house from hell and both 5 year and 3 year old nieces agree on such important matters!)
  • "I had my ears turned off" (3 year old nieces are generally the most adorable people in the world especially when they have an answer for everything and a cheeky smile to go with it!)
  • "mine" (1 year old nephews tend to want absolutely everything they see but do so with such a gorgeous smile)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

If it wasn't for the tax breaks I wouldn't exist!!!

From what I can gather, myself and a number of my friends are purely the result of tax evasion on a mass scale. In the 70s there was apparently a bigger tax break if you got married before the end of one tax year, which used to begin in April. Therefore, right about now 36 years ago my parents had just arrived in Ballinasloe to begin the first night of their honeymoon, having left their wedding reception about half ten at night to leg it off to the hotel from their reception in the midlands. Hey presto, just under nine months later, myself and my sister arrived to make their first Christmas! We were honeymoon babies and like many others the result of the annual rush to the altar just before the end of the tax year!

36 years - if they'd murdered someone they'd be out years ago on parole for good behaviour! As it is they are still happily married and wandering along life's path together, not always in a state of wedded bliss (they are a normal couple with all the ups and downs of a normal couple!) but with a committment to their relationship and sticking together through the bad times and the good that I can only admire and hope to emulate some day. Happy wedding anniversary guys and cheers to the taxman of the day!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Yes, I am truly a miserable old bitch!

Dear Friend,

I am, so truly happy, honestly, that you have met your soulmate. I am particularly happy that you met through me and am really, really happy that he is a truly lovely bloke. You deserve that, at the very least.

But, that said, please, please. please do not ask me out on any more of your nights out, I really don't think I can take it. I have actually started to like and respect your boyfriend a lot more than I do you - why, you ask??? Because, to be fair, your boyfriend is an absolutle gentleman and very kind and considerate. Why have I started to like him more than you?? A couple of reasons:
  • he loves you and completely knows (and really respects) what good friends we have been
  • he is an absolute gentleman and knows how important good friends are to anyone and knows we are friends and therefore minds me like an egg because you say I am important to you
I do realise that your life is really, really busy right now, what with work, family and having met the major love of your life. What I get really pissed off with, is the fact that you keep trying to pretend I am up there on your list - let's get real, I am not - invariably something has to give, I am, usually, that something - grand, that's actually fine with me. You are in love, working silly hours and trying to keep up with your new love and family at the same time. All grand, except, don't piss me off by constantly ringing at the very last minute to do something and pretending that I am on your list of priorities, stop trying to make me salve your guilt and make me pay lip service to the fact that your once in a blue moon phone-call puts me on your to-do-list; it doesn't - end of!!

I like you, I like your boyfriend, I DO NOT LIKE constantly being the last minute consideration, it just pisses me off - end of!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Open letter to an arrogant (Ranger Rover driving) bitch!

Dear Arrogant (Range Rover Driving) Bitch,

Thank you for making me feel you were so close to me that we needed only one car, to be fair, had I known you had wanted a lift in the back of my humble car, I would have obliged. It warmed my heart to see you that you had your mother in your substantial vehicle - to be fair, like the rest of us, it's a lot more than ye had when ye were growing up!

It chuffed me to bits to see that you still manage to dress very well, despite having to shop in the wee exclusive boutiques locally - it's nice to see that you support the local community! I'm glad that you pointed out to me, in such a subtle manner, that you have been so successful in out-doing me, in monetary terms, by marrying a man with a rich father - well done you! How clever of you to dress well and flutter your not insubstantial eyelids at a number of men from moneyed families locally, whilst I, stupid fucking me, was at college, being a general tit and inconsequetially earning a degree along the way. How right of you to point out, in such an (in)subtle way that I was, in fact, wasting my time. Of course, you are right, the way to go, is in fact, to marry a man, who comes from a family with money, if one wants to feel superior and even just "show it off" a little. What pride or value is there, to be fair, in going to college, earning your own money, working in inconsequential jobs, actually working 9 to 5 and paying taxes; in even, heaven forbid, managing to buy a very wee house and car - all on your own - you are so right, it is in fact laughable.

Thank you for pointing out all these facts to me in a couple of subtle moves. I thought it was touching the way you felt you had to stay so close to my little car whilst driving behind me and how absolutely inciteful and clever of you to put me so subtly put me in my place when trying to park, the piece of shit that I was driving. How lovely of you to flash you headlights as I was parking and point out that, in fact, right being right, really I should move up for you and your mammy. All I can do is apologise, how terribly stupid of me to assume I could simply park my car without you practically coming into my boot, flashing lights along the way to let me know. I stupidly assumed that you could actually reverse park the huge vehicle you were driving, instead of having to bully a smaller car into going forward so you could fit into the parking space. It warms the cockles of my heart that you haven't been practising either manners or how to park since you married so well. I am beyond myself with delight that you know where you and I fit into this little town of ours, and thank you, most sincerely, for reminding silly old me, that it is, in fact, you that has life worked out. It is, without doubt, ensuring that one is wearing an outfit from the most expensive boutique in town, taking your mother out for a wee cup of tea whilst the minions actually work, ensuring you get the parking space that you deserve and hell, simply just flashing your money, or lights, as and when is necessary, to get what you want. Fuck the simple people; what is to be gained by being your own person, driving a car that costs less than the upolstery in a fabulous vehicle or even, in having common courtesy. You are right, of course, ensure everyone knows how wonderful, rich and fabulous you are, taking mammy out for a wee cup of tea whilst your nanny minds your children and the rest of the gobshites actually work for a living, look like shit and drive shit cars.

Well done you, keep on flashing and bullying, let's face it, it's always worked for you so far, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!!!

Curly K

(Curly K has nothing against Range Rovers, in fact one of the first cars she ever drove was a top of the range Range Rover and she absolutely loved it)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Four things......

I was tagged by K8 the GR8 a few days ago and never got around to doing the meme so here it is;
Four jobs I’ve held:
  • Waitress
  • Managing all document storage and retrieval in a large
  • Law firm Fundraising Administrator with a large national charity
  • Recruitment Consultant
Four movies I’ve watched over and over again:
  • The Great Escape
  • Up Close and Personal
  • Dirty Dancing (let's face it everyone of a certain age did because they had no choice - the fecking thing was omnipresent!)
  • Notting Hill
Four places I’ve been:
  • Ice Church in Helsinki
  • Raffles Hotel in Singapore
  • Harrods in London
  • Eiffel Tower in Paris
Four places I’ve lived:
  • Belfast
  • Drumcondra
  • Glasnevin
  • 3 different houses on the same road!
Four tv shows I watch:
  • Top Gear
  • Grand Designs
  • Location, Location, Location
  • Good documentaries
Four radio shows I listen to:
  • Ray D'Arcy - Today FM
  • Gerry Ryan - 2FM
  • Rick O'Shea - 2 FM
  • Matt Cooper's Last Word - Today FM
Four things I look forward to:
Meeting my soul mate
Having children
A clean house
Sitting out my in my new back garden this summer
Four favourite foods:
  • Tagliatelle Carbonara
  • Bacon
  • Fresh Irish Strawberries
  • Steak and chips
Four places I’d rather be:-
  • Sitting on a Caribbean beach
  • Living in my dream house - a modest but really well designed bungalow overlooking a lake but near a town and not in the middle of the countryside and that is as eco-friendly as possible
  • Chilling at a luxury spa
  • Having a complete de-tox in a health farm

Four people I email regularly:

  • Don't really email apart from for work
The rules say that I have to pass this meme on to four people, then comment on their blogs to let them know. I'm leaving it up to anyone who wants to complete it to do so themselves

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Spread the love - random acts of kindness!

Have been really busy at work this last few days and what with that and trying to sort out feedburner and internet problems haven't had a chance to post. I still have to put something up about the blog awards and will definitely do so when I get a chance.

Just a quick post to say how three different strangers have shown me random acts of kindness since Saturday evening - there is still a lot of love out there folks!

Firstly, Curly K was ensconced in a wonderful 4 star hotel for the weekend in Dublin to attend the Irish Blog Awards. So, with about three quarters of an hour to go myself and the gorgeous sister (who of course upstaged me in her LBD!) headed down to our hotel foyer to grab a taxi over to the Alexander Hotel. Reception informed us that taxis were taking at least half an hour to pick up at that time. So, a conversation about heading out to hail a taxi ensues at the front desk. In the middle of all this, a couple who were also at the reception desk asked us if we were heading into town and offered us a lift. Ralph, from Galway and his lovely wife then proceed to drop Curly K and the Upstage Sis to the Davenport Hotel just round the corner from the Alexander, well out of their way from what I can gather.

Then yesterday I was stopped at the Statoil Service Station in Tulsk, grabbing a sandwich on my journey. Now whilst the shop has most things you need, it is not a really big station with deli and coffee machine etc. It was about half one and I was grabbing the first bite to eat that I'd had all day so I grabbed one of their pre-packed sarnies and a bottle of pop. The gentleman in the station was lovely and was commenting on how it was time to eat and I happened to mention that it was my first bite of the day and not even a coffee had passed my lips by that stage in the day. I was in the process of inputting pin for credit card at that point when he offered to make me a coffee to go - when there was no sign in the shop of a coffee machine. He went into a back room and came out with a cup of coffee in a paper cup and wouldn't add it onto the bill.

All three of these people; Ralph and his wife and the service station gentleman put themselves out without a second thought and with no prompting. It was just heart-warming and lovely.

Both gestures made my day, it reminds me a kinder Ireland that I grew up in, where whilst things were far from perfect, people listened more and offered themselves to help others a little more freely. There was certainly less materially and I'm not talking about no shoes or any of that hardship shite but there was a recession in the middle of my childhood and even without the recession the worship of all things material did not exist to the anywhere near the extent it does today.

So, over the last few days it's nice to have been reminded that life is good and that people when they are good and kind and thoughtful to each other are the best.

Mr. & Mrs Ralph and Service Station Gentleman to you I say a big thank you. I shall pass your acts of kindness on.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

Normal service will resume shortly!

When I get my home (Eircom - shite & expensive!) broadband sorted out - it's decided to have a little holiday all by itself - only fair really when you consider I was away all weekend in the big smoke and got to enjoy myself at the Irish Blog Awards (more about that later)

Whilst I think I've managed to rectify the validation problems with the feedburner feed, I am now left with no content showing up on the feed!

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